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Week 3: It’s an RG3 World - 12 comments

By R.J. White

Cam Newton showed us last year that rookie quarterbacks can have an instant fantasy impact. When 2012 fantasy drafts came around, people were ready for Robert Griffin III, a.k.a. “The Next Big Thing.” Routinely drafted as a borderline QB1 despite his rookie status, Griffin has certainly cashed in for his owners in the first two weeks, leading all QBs in fantasy points thanks to rushing for 124 yards and two TDs. His 526 passing yards and three TDs through the air certainly aren’t world-beating numbers, but it hardly matters when you run the ball as well as Griffin. He’s locked in as an every-week QB1 at this point, and if you’re a team struggling at the position, check in with the Griffin owner to see if that team has another solid QB1 (i.e., Philip Rivers, Michael Vick, etc.) that you could acquire.

1Drew BreesNOvs. KC2.0
2Aaron RodgersGBat SEA2.2
3Robert Griffin IIIWASvs. CIN4.4
4Cam NewtonCARvs. NYG4.8
5Matt RyanATLat SD5.8
6Tom BradyNEat BAL6.6
7Matthew StaffordDETat TEN6.6
8Tony RomoDALvs. TB7.6
9Eli ManningNYGat CAR8.4
10Michael VickPHIat ARI10.2
11Philip RiversSDvs. ATL11.2
12Peyton ManningDENvs. HOU15.2
13Joe FlaccoBALvs. NE15.6
14Ben RoethlisbergerPITat OAK15.8
15Jay CutlerCHIvs. STL16.4
16Matt CasselKCat NO16.6
17Andrew LuckINDvs. JAC17.4
18Andy DaltonCINat WAS17.8
19Ryan FitzpatrickBUFat CLE18.2
20Alex SmithSFat MIN20.2
21Matt SchaubHOUat DEN20.4
22Josh FreemanTBat DAL20.4
23Sam BradfordSTLat CHI21.4
24Carson PalmerOAKvs. PIT23.8
25Christian PonderMINvs. SF26.2
26Mark SanchezNYJat MIA26.2
27Jake LockerTENvs. DET26.4
28Russell WilsonSEAvs. GB26.6
29Brandon WeedenCLEvs. BUF28.4
30Kevin KolbARIvs. PHI29.8
31Blaine GabbertJACat IND30.4
32Ryan TannehillMIAvs. NYJ30.8
33Tim TebowNYJat MIA33.0

Start: Michael Vick, Eagles. Despite throwing six interceptions in two games, Vick still has posted top-five fantasy numbers in most formats. That should make him an automatic start, right? Hang on. He hits the road to face a Cardinal defense that has put together back-to-back outstanding performances, the latest of which came in Gillette Stadium in a shocking upset of the Patriots. We still list him as a starter, but temper your expectations.

Sit: Jay Cutler, Bears. Cutler had a Thursday I’m sure he’d like to forget in Week 2, throwing four interceptions while getting sacked seven times thanks to a terribly weak offensive line. Even in a favorable matchup against the Rams, we can’t recommend starting him until we see some improvement on the offensive line.

RankRunning BacksTeamOppAverage
1Arian FosterHOUat DEN1.0
2C.J. SpillerBUFat CLE2.6
3LeSean McCoyPHIat ARI3.0
4Ray RiceBALvs. NE4.0
5Maurice Jones-DrewJACat IND5.2
6Darren McFaddenOAKvs. PIT8.0
7DeMarco MurrayDALvs. TB8.8
8Michael BushCHIvs. STL10.0
9Darren SprolesNOvs. KC10.2
10Reggie BushMIAvs. NYJ10.8
11Doug MartinTBat DAL11.2
12Marshawn LynchSEAvs. GB11.8
13Trent RichardsonCLEvs. BUF12.4
14Alfred MorrisWASvs. CIN14.6
15Stevan RidleyNEat BAL16.0
16Adrian PetersonMINvs. SF16.0
17Frank GoreSFat MIN16.2
18BenJarvus Green-EllisCINat WAS17.2
19Ryan MathewsSDvs. ATL18.8
20Jamaal CharlesKCat NO21.6
21Donald BrownINDvs. JAC22.0
22Steven JacksonSTLat CHI22.0
23Willis McGaheeDENvs. HOU22.4
24Chris JohnsonTENvs. DET25.8
25Shonn GreeneNYJat MIA27.4
26Dexter McClusterKCat NO27.8
27Peyton HillisKCat NO28.2
28Ben TateHOUat DEN28.2
29Cedric BensonGBat SEA28.6
30Andre BrownNYGat CAR29.2
31Michael TurnerATLat SD30.6
32Kevin SmithDETat TEN31.8
33Jonathan StewartCARvs. NYG32.0
34Jonathan DwyerPITat OAK34.0
35DeAngelo WilliamsCARvs. NYG34.8
36Beanie WellsARIvs. PHI35.4
37Mark IngramNOvs. KC36.6
38Pierre ThomasNOvs. KC37.2
39Jacquizz RodgersATLat SD37.6
40Mikel LeshoreDETat TEN38.0
41Isaac RedmanPITat OAK40.8
42Kendall HunterSFat MIN41.6
43Ryan WilliamsARIvs. PHI42.4
44David WilsonNYGat CAR44.0
45Bilal PowellNYJat MIA44.8
46Roy HeluWASvs. CIN46.6
47Tashard ChoiceBUFat CLE47.6
48Daryl RichardsonSTLat CHI48.4
49Lamar MillerMIAvs. NYJ50.0
50Rashad JenningsJACat IND51.6

Start: Michael Bush, Bears. It seems likely that Matt Forte will miss Week 3 even though he reportedly doesn’t have a high ankle sprain. If that’s the case, Bush becomes locked in as a RB1 against the Rams. Either way, you can expect a TD or two out of Bush, and if Forte is confirmed to be out on Sunday, start Bush in all leagues.

Sit: Kevin Smith, Lions. Mikel LeShoure is back for the Lions, reading to make his regular-season debut after missing all of last year due to injury and the first two weeks of this season due to suspension. The sense in Detroit is that the team is optimistic with what it has in LeShoure, and that could lead to a reduced role for Smith as soon as this week.

RankWide ReceiversTeamOppAverage
1Calvin JohnsonDETat TEN1.0
2A.J. GreenCINat WAS4.0
3Julio JonesATLat SD4.8
4Steve SmithCARvs. NYG5.5
5Percy HarvinMINvs. SF5.5
6Victor CruzNYGat CAR6.5
7Brandon MarshallCHIvs. STL7.3
8Dwayne BoweKCat NO7.8
9Andre JohnsonHOUat DEN9.3
10Roddy WhiteATLat SD9.5
11Miles AustinDALvs. TB9.8
12Demaryius ThomasDENvs. HOU11.8
13Reggie WayneINDvs. JAC12.3
14Jordy NelsonGBat SEA14.8
15Larry FitzgeraldARIvs. PHI15.5
16Mike WallacePITat OAK18.0
17Steve JohnsonBUFat CLE18.3
18Dez BryantDALvs. TB18.8
19Vincent JacksonTBat DAL18.8
20Wes WelkerNEat BAL19.0
21DeSean JacksonPHIat ARI21.5
22Antonio BrownPITat OAK21.5
23Marques ColstonNOvs. KC23.0
24Malcom FloydSDvs. ATL23.5
25Danny AmendolaSTLat CHI25.0
26Torrey SmithBALvs. NE25.5
27Greg JenningsGBat SEA25.8
28Kenny BrittTENvs. DET28.3
29Michael CrabtreeSFat MIN30.8
30Jeremy MaclinPHIat ARI31.5
31Eric DeckerDENvs. HOU32.0
32Brandon LloydNEat BAL32.5
33Pierre GarconWASvs. CIN32.8
34Justin BlackmonJACat IND33.3
35Brandon LaFellCARvs. NYG35.3
36Dexter McClusterKCat NO36.5
37Randall CobbGBat SEA38.5
38Anquan BoldinBALvs. NE39.3
39Lance MooreNOvs. KC41.0
40Darrius Heyward-BeyOAKvs. PIT41.0
41Greg LittleCLEvs. BUF41.8
42Denarius MooreOAKvs. PIT42.3
43Mike WilliamsTBat DAL42.3
44Santonio HolmesNYJat MIA43.8
45Sidney RiceSEAvs. GB45.0
46Andrew HawkinsCINat WAS47.3
47Brian HartlineMIAvs. NYJ48.3
48Kevin OgletreeDALvs. TB49.0
49Stephen HillNYJat MIA49.3
50Robert MeachemSDvs. ATL51.3
51Brandon GibsonSTLat CHI53.8
52Titus YoungDETat TEN54.5
53Donnie AveryINDvs. JAC55.3
54Davone BessMIAvs. NYJ57.0
55Golden TateSEAvs. GB57.5
56Alshon JeffreyCHIvs. STL57.5
57Nate BurlesonDETat TEN58.5
58Julian EdelmanNEat BAL59.0
59Santana MossWASvs. CIN59.3
60Kendall WrightTENvs. DET60.3
61Nate WashingtonTENvs. DET60.5
62Emmanuel SandersPITat OAK61.8
63Brandon StokleyDENvs. HOU63.3
64Doug BaldwinSEAvs. GB63.5
65Mario ManninghamSFat MIN63.8
66Laurent RobinsonJACat IND64.8
67Harry DouglasATLat SD65.8
68James JonesGBat SEA66.3
69Jon BaldwinKCat NO66.8
70Donald JonesBUFat CLE68.0
71Earl BennettCHIvs. STL70.0
72Jeremy KerleyNYJat MIA71.8
73Austin CollieINDvs. JAC72.0
74Jacoby JonesBALvs. NE75.0
75Jason AvantPHIat ARI76.5

Start: Michael Crabtree, 49ers. Despite the pomp and circumstance around FA addition Randy Moss, Crabtree has been the clear No. 1 receiver in the San Francisco offense, catching 13 of his 16 targets for 143 yards over the first two weeks. He should find the end zone for the first time this season against the Vikings.

Sit: Robert Meachem, Chargers. Meachem received just two targets in Week 1 but caught both of them, managing a halfway-decent 49 yards. Week 2 was a different story; even with Antonio Gates out, Meachem couldn’t record a catch, missing all four of his targets. A free agent signing, Meachem clearly hasn’t been worked into the offense completely, so avoid him until you see signs of life.

RankTight EndsTeamOppAverage
1Jimmy GrahamNOvs. KC1.0
2Rob GronkowskiNEat BAL2.0
3Vernon DavisSFat MIN3.5
4Jermichael FinleyGBat SEA4.5
5Brandon PettigrewDETat TEN6.0
6Tony GonzalezATLat SD6.3
7Antonio GatesSDvs. ATL7.0
8Jason WittenDALvs. TB8.8
9Kyle RudolphMINvs. SF9.8
10Greg OlsenCARvs. NYG10.8
11Brent CelekPHIat ARI12.5
12Dennis PittaBALvs. NE12.8
13Martellus BennettNYGat CAR13.0
14Fred DavisWASvs. CIN13.0
15Jared CookTENvs. DET14.5
16Owen DanielsHOUat DEN16.5
17Colby FleenerINDvs. JAC16.8
18Jacob TammeDENvs. HOU16.8
19Jermaine GreshamCINat WAS18.8
20Scott ChandlerBUFat CLE19.5
21Marcedes LewisJACat IND19.5
22Heath MillerPITat OAK20.8
23Dustin KellerNYJat MIA22.8
24Joel DreessenDENvs. HOU25.8
25Kevin BossKCat NO28.3
26Anthony FasanoMIAvs. NYJ28.8
27Ed DicksonBALvs. NE29.0
28Brandon MyersOAKvs. PIT29.3
29Tony MoeakiKCat NO29.3
30Lance KendricksSTLat CHI30.3

Start: Kyle Rudolph, Vikings. The 49ers may have a stingy defense, but it’s one that’s given up a TD to a tight end in each of the first two weeks. Rudolph stays on the field for all offensive snaps, and it wouldn’t shock me to see him approach Jermichael Finley’s Week 1 total of 11 targets against the 49ers.

Sit: Jacob Tamme, Broncos. Fantasy owners made the logical Indy connection between Tamme and Peyton Manning during draft season, but it hasn’t quite translated to fantasy gold. After having a solid five-catch day in Week 1 that included a touchdown, Tamme had just two catches for 14 yards in Week 2. Try and find a more consistent TE option.

RankTeam DefenseTeamOppAverage
149ersSFat MIN2.3
2EaglesPHIat ARI2.8
3TexansHOUat DEN3.0
4SteelersPITat OAK4.3
5JetsNYJat MIA4.5
6RavensBALvs. NE5.8
7BillsBUFat CLE6.5
8BearsCHIvs. STL9.5
9LionsDETat TEN9.8
10PackersGBat SEA10.0
11PatriotsNEat BAL11.3
12CowboysDALvs. TB11.8
13GiantsNYGat CAR12.8
14SeahawksSEAvs. GB16.3
15BuccaneersTBat DAL17.0
16ColtsINDvs. JAC19.8
17CardinalsARIvs. PHI20.3
18ChargersSDvs. ATL20.8
19RedskinsWASvs. CIN20.8
20DolphinsMIAvs. NYJ21.0
21BengalsCINat WAS21.0
22FalconsATLat SD21.8
23BrownsCLEvs. BUF22.0
24RamsSTLat CHI22.8
25BroncosDENvs. HOU23.0
26RaidersOAKvs. PIT23.8
27VikingsMINvs. SF26.0
28SaintsNOvs. KC26.8
29PanthersCARvs. NYG27.3
30JaguarsJACat IND27.5
31ChiefsKCat NO27.8
32TitansTENvs. DET28.8

Start: Detroit Lions. The Lions haven’t posted huge fantasy numbers yet in the first two weeks, but now they get to tackle an offense that’s having trouble moving the ball when they face the Titans. If the offensive line is truly the biggest problem in Tennessee, the talented front four of the Lions should tear them apart.

Sit: Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks defense showed why they were so highly regarded in the preseason last week by dismantling a Cowboys team that looked pretty good in Week 1. However, you can only do so much when you’re facing the Packers, an offense that generally doesn’t have two bad games in a row. Try and find a one-week replacement for the Seahawks.

1David AkersSFat MIN1.0
2Garrett HartleyNOvs. KC3.3
3Sebastian JanikowskiOAKvs. PIT3.5
4Mason CrosbyGBat SEA3.8
5Nate KaedingSDvs. ATL5.3
6Stephen GostkowskiNEat BAL5.8
7Justin TuckerBALvs. NE7.5
8Matt BryantATLat SD8.8
9Jason HansonDETat TEN9.3
10Robbie GouldCHIvs. STL9.5
11Dan BaileyDALvs. TB10.8
12Matt PraterDENvs. HOU11.5
13Alex HeneryPHIat ARI12.8
14Shayne GrahamHOUat DEN15.8
15Lawrence TynesNYGat CAR16.3
16Rob BironasTENvs. DET17.8
17Billy CundiffWASvs. CIN18.0
18Mike NugentCINat WAS19.0
19Blair WalshMINvs. SF20.3
20Shaun SuishamPITat OAK20.5
21Steven HauschkaSEAvs. GB20.8
22Nick FolkNYJat MIA21.0
23Dan CarpenterMIAvs. NYJ21.8
24Greg ZuerleinSTLat CHI23.3
25Rian LindellBUFat CLE23.5
26Connor BarthTBat DAL25.8
27Justin MedlockCARvs. NYG26.8
28Adam VinatieriINDvs. JAC27.0
29Jay FeelyARIvs. PHI27.0
30Ryan SuccopKCat NO28.8
31Phil DawsonCLEvs. BUF30.5
32Josh ScobeeJACat IND32.0

Start: Justin Tucker, Ravens. Tucker has quickly risen up the kicker rankings by hitting five FGs of 40 yards or more in the first two weeks, including two of 50-plus against Philly in Week 2. The Patriots defense is good enough to give the Ravens a little goal line trouble, which means more FGs for Tucker this week.

Sit: Rob Bironas, Titans. A byproduct of the terrible Titans offense has been the lack of opportunities for Bironas. Consider him a wasted talent and find someone better until Tennessee gets their act together.

R.J. White is the head editor at the Cafe and contributes to's MLB Rumors blog. He has previously written for FanHouse, Razzball and FanDuel. Catch up with him in the forums under the name daullaz. Follow him on Twitter; don't follow him in real life.
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12 Responses to “Week 3: It’s an RG3 World”

  1. TitsMcGahee says:

    Andre Brown @ Carolina
    Steven Jackson @ Chicago?

    need to know by tonight!

  2. daws_man says:

    Lance Moore vs KC or Brandon LaFell vs NYG?

    I believe NYG gets a corner back from injury. Any insight would be great!

  3. User avatar daullaz says:

    @TitsMcGahee: I give a slight edge to Jackson, but it’s basically flip-a-coin between them. Go with your gut either way.

    @daws_man: I like LaFell there.

  4. oo3 says:

    What would you guys start this week:

    Steelers D or Lions D?
    Kevin Smith or Dwyer?

  5. jahrac7 says:

    Mike leshoure being his first week back do u think he will get most of the work Sunday or do I still start the awful Stephen Jackson or Chris Johnson because of these guys I am 0-2 any help would be great ty

  6. User avatar daullaz says:

    I think he gets most of the work Sunday, but I’d still have a hard time starting him over those guys.

  7. User avatar daullaz says:

    @oo3: Pitt D and K.Smith. Not convinced the Steelers will play the better back.

  8. ObeYsXeGianT says:

    BJGE vs. Steven Jackson


    Rudolph vs. Pitta

  9. User avatar daullaz says:

    @ObeYsXeGianT: BGE and Rudolph.

  10. ObeYsXeGianT says:

    I forgot to mention it was 1 PPR. Still take Rudolph over Pitta in PPR?

  11. User avatar joejlitz says:

    Was all ready to start Peterson over MAthews until I read this:

    “Marshawn Lynch is the only running back to run for 100 yards against them in the past 24 games. San Francisco also allowed only three touchdowns to opposing running backs in the past 19 games, and Peterson should be the focal point of the 49ers defense. It’s hard to sit him in most formats, but if you have a better alternative you could keep Peterson on the bench this week.”

    Who would you start in non-ppr?

    Also need a flex recommendation in a different ppr league:


    Also need

  12. User avatar daullaz says:

    @joejlitz: I’d go Peterson over Mathews anyway. No telling how much work the latter will get. Amendola is probably the way to go in a PPR, but I think BGE’s a pretty good bet to score at least once, so I’d roll with him personally.


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